Baptist Health Floyd ranked among top five percent nationally according to HealthGrades quality study

Baptist Health Floyd announced today it is ranked among the nation’s top five percent of hospitals, according to an independent study of mortality and complication rates for nearly 5,000 hospitals released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organization.

Baptist Health Floyd has achieved HealthGrades’ 2009 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM based on its clinical quality performance. Baptist Health Floyd received this Clinical Excellence award for the first time in 2007. According to the HealthGrades study, patients admitted to a hospital receiving this award are, on average, 27 percent less likely to die and eight percent less likely to suffer from a major complication. This year, only 270 of the nation’s nearly 5,000 non-federal hospitals will receive this distinction.

The HealthGrades study also found that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical ExcellenceTM are improving their patient outcomes at a greater rate in more procedures and diagnoses than all other hospitals, lowering riskadjusted mortality rates over the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 by an average of 18 percent.

This news follows Baptist Health Floyd’s recent announcement of a $4 million renovation to its Women’s Center for new mothers and babies.

“As Southern Indiana’s leader in exceptional healthcare, we are thrilled to receive this HealthGrades designation,” said Homer Ferree, Jr., M.D., Baptist Health Floyd chief of staff. “Whether local residents seek the best cardiac and vascular care, a state-of-the-art women’s center, or top-notch orthopedics, Baptist Health Floyd’s medical experts are here to help you.”

“The hospitals that have been designated as Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical ExcellenceTM have, across the board, been leaders in their commitment to delivering the highest quality patient care. Consumers can choose where they receive their healthcare and our study again highlights the tremendous disparity in quality between hospitals,” said Rick May, M.D., HealthGrades senior physician consultant.

In addition to the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM, ranking the hospital among the top five percent nationally, Baptist Health Floyd achieved exceptional rankings in numerous additional HealthGrades clinical achievements including:

 Ranked among the Top Three Heart Surgery Programs in Indiana

 Five-Star Rated for Coronary Bypass Surgery

 Five-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Repair Four Years in a Row (2006 – 2009)

 Ranked among the Top Five percent nationally for Overall Pulmonary Services

 Ranked among the Top Ten percent nationally for Overall Gastrointestinal Services

 Ranked among the Top Five percent nationally for Gastrointestinal Surgery

“Above all else, the quality of care we provide for patients is of utmost importance at Baptist Health Floyd,” said Carol Mullen, R.N., director of medical care management for the hospital. “We look forward to building on our tradition of excellence from year-to-year.”

This is the seventh year that HealthGrades has independently analyzed the clinical quality performance of all non-federal hospitals across the country in 26 procedures and diagnoses. In the Distinguished Hospital Study, the company reviewed nearly 41 million hospitalization records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over the years 2005, 2006 and 2007. All hospitals that participate in the Medicare program were part of the independent study. Hospitals that receive the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM are those hospitals that rank in the top five percent when all 26 individual scores are aggregated into an overall score.

A complete list of Baptist Health Floyd’s 2009 HealthGrades Clinical Quality Achievements is located at . A full copy of the HealthGrades study is available at or by contacting Scott Shapiro at